Music! in the Month of November, 2014 ♪

3 12 2014

My busiest month so far this year in terms of music, not for the number of shows or musical events I went to but the fact that two of my all-time favorite musical groups were in town at the same time, during the same weekend.  And I absolutely loved it.

Toshiko Akiyoshi and Monday Michiru @ Blue Note Tokyo

Toshiko Akiyoshi and Monday Michiru @ Blue Note Tokyo

Rasmus Faber Presents the Platina Jazz Orchestra @ Billboard Live Tokyo

Rasmus Faber Presents the Platina Jazz Orchestra @ Billboard Live Tokyo

David Sanborn @ Blue Note Tokyo

David Sanborn @ Blue Note Tokyo

Greetings from Tim Buckley, a film.

Greetings from Tim Buckley, a film, @ Human Trust Cinemas Shibuya

Maia Hirasawa @ Daikanyama Loop

Maia Hirasawa @ Daikanyama Loop

Monica Z, a film

Monica Z, a film, @ Broadmedia Studio

The Bob Mintzer Big Band featuring New York Voices @ Blue Note Tokyo

The Bob Mintzer Big Band featuring New York Voices @ Blue Note Tokyo

The Manhattan Transfer @ Mozart Hall, Katsushika Symphony Hills

The Manhattan Transfer @ Mozart Hall, Katsushika Symphony Hills

The Manhattan Transfer @ Billboard Live Tokyo

The Manhattan Transfer @ Billboard Live Tokyo

Gyze @ dues Shinjuku/Disc Union

Gyze @ dues Shinjuku/Disk Union, an in-store event

Gyze @ On Air West

Gyze @ On Air West

Jill Decoy Association @ Tower Records Shibuya

Jill Decoy Association @ Tower Records Shibuya, an in-store event

It was very sad that this was the first time the Manhattan Transfer, my all-time idols, performed in Japan after the rather unexpected passing of the vocal group’s founder Tim Hauser on October 16, 2014.  It will never be the same w/o him but apparently the group will be making more new music in the future which for a fan is great news.

Here is a long but very funny footage from the 31st Grammy Awards show.  Funny mostly due to the host Billy Crystal opening the show following which there is a fine live performance from the Manhattan Transfer featuring Tim.  Then another funny footage created by Bobby McFerrin and Billy Crystal.  I remember watching this in real time on TV.

 

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